Several arrested in family brawl at restaurant
SLIDELL, La. (AP) — A weekend brawl between two families at a Slidell restaurant has led to nine people being arrested.
It happened around 8 p.m. Sunday outside Cheddar's Casual Cafe, Slidell Police Det. Daniel Seuzeneau said Monday in a news release.
Members of one family — who were waiting for a table — allegedly made degrading comments about members of another family leaving the restaurant. Police said the two families didn't know each other.
A verbal fight quickly turned physical.
At some point Shawn Sorrell, 32, of New Orleans, pulled a stun gun and shocked two people her family was fighting. She then retrieved a .380 caliber handgun and fired one round into the crowd.
A bystander, who was trying to break up the fight, was grazed in the leg. No one was directly hit, but several people were treated and released from area hospitals, Seuzeneau said.
"Based off witness statements, it was apparent that Ms. Sorrell, who is now facing attempted first-degree murder charges, was aiming for the crowd," he said.
Sorrell was booked with five counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery and disturbing the peace by fighting. Bond was set at $400,000, Seuzeneau said.
When Slidell Police arrived, one officer was attacked while trying to arrest one of the fighting suspects, as other officers chased suspects fleeing from the scene. "When everything was finally under control, nine people were arrested, and more arrests are expected to be made," Seuzeneau said.
Others arrested include:
— Harry Sorrell, 46, of Slidell, on second-degree battery.
— Barry Sorrell, 42, of New Orleans, on disturbing the peace by fighting
— a 16-year-old girl, of New Orleans, on disturbing the peace by fighting
— Dionne Garrett, 35, of Slidell, disturbing the peace by fighting
— Tanya Garrett, 37, of Slidell, disturbing the peace by fighting
— Emanuel Terrell, 20, of Slidell, disturbing the peace by fighting
— Lawrence Harvey, 20, of Slidell, disturbing the peace by fighting, interfering with a law enforcement investigation, and resisting an officer with violence
— Leonard Harvey Jr., 22, of Slidell, disturbing the peace by fighting and interfering with a law enforcement investigation.
Their bond information was not immediately available, Seuzeneau said.
It was not known if any of those arrested had attorneys.
"This is an unfortunate incident, and we're lucky no one was killed," Chief Randy Smith said. "Things obviously quickly escalated out of control, and it took every available officer to restore order. As you can see by the arrests that were made, we are not going to tolerate this kind of behavior in our city."